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>> a lot of people have been asking me, what does this year mean? it is the year of the rabbit or hare. for those of you that do not follow the signs of animals, the rabbit is all about prosperity. that is what i want this year to mean. peace and prosperity. it is the sharing and growing of that family, expanding that family to include everyone, that is how we prosper. we do not leave anybody behind when it comes to family. thank you very much. happy new year. [applause] >> thank you, mayor edwin lee, thank you, general counsel, for spending some time with us. he is here every year with us. now this year we have not only
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mayor edwin lee, as an historical time in san francisco. we have four asian-american members of the board of supervisors with us. as a representative of district 3, i could not be more happy to introduce my district supervisor, the president of the board, supervisor david chiu. [applause] >> good evening, everyone. it is an honor to be with you tonight. i want to wish everyone a happy year of the rabbit. unless you are vietnamese, in which case, i was a very happy year of the cat. after 160 years, this year is truly history. i am honored to serve with you, not just with the diversity that our board of supervisors represents -- and i want to
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thank ross mirkarimi, david campos, and malia cohen who are here with us today -- but it is an honor to serve with three other asian-american supervisors. we finally reflect the population statistics that we have here in san francisco. more importantly, it was an incredible honor earlier this year to take part in an historic, unanimous vote for the first time in our city's history to have an elected leader at the top of galt mountain, our first chinese- american mayor, edwin lee. [applause] as i look out onto the audience and i see who we all represent, i see our chinese a brother and sisters, our japanese and korean on and on calls, our cousins from the filipino community, the
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vietnamese community, the cambodian community, thai community, burmese community. i want to thank you all for making up the diaspora of our diverse community. and i want to thank those of you who are not asian on the outside but our asian on the inside. [applause] thank you for being part of the richness of who we are common here in san francisco. and i want to thank all of you who are the community leaders of this wonderful city that was founded as col down. we know we have had struggles over the decades and have accomplished many things. but i want to take a moment to say a quick thanks to those of you who are working to make sure that our asian american brothers and sisters, and grandparents who are still living in sro's, i want to thank you for the work you are doing
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for them. the work we are doing for asian- american brothers and sisters who still today may not have health insurance or child care. for young people who may not have access to the youth services they need. or to our grandparents who may not have access to the prescription drugs or senior services that they need. we have come a long way but we have a long way to go. i just want to thank you in this year of 2011 are coming together as a community for the work we have done, the work we are doing, and the work we will continue to do. [speaking chinese] thank you very much. [applause] i would like to introduce my asian brothers and sisters on the board of supervisors, if you could come up and say a few words. supervisor eric mar, carmen chu, an hour newsstand first
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korean-american adviser, -- supervisor jane kim. >> one of the most happy experiences growing up as a chinese-american was always getting days lece red envelopes. usually, there is money in here, but i think that might be illegal, coming from mayor lee. it is an honor to serve with the three other asian-pacific islander members of the board of supervisors. i know that our colleagues, ross, david, malia, and others are strongly sensitive to the asian-american communities as well. we were joined a few minutes ago by several of our school board members. i know as a former member of the school board -- jane kim as well -- they serve our communities well. one thing that mayor ed lee
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brought up, for me, personally, lunar new year was a time to get together with family. i remember my grandmother cooking all of the great new year food. it brought us together but it was also an opportunity to share our culture with others, bring more unity among all of our communities. half the lunar new year to everyone and let's unite our communities together. thank you. [applause] >> good evening, my name is carmen chu. i will keep my message brief. i want to wish everyone a happy lunar new year. again, this is a time that is important to many of merit -- asian-american families because of the importance of bringing together family. i think we can all replicate this, the matter what community we live in. so i want to say happy new year. [speaking chinese]
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[applause] >> good evening. [speaking korean] in the new year, may have much good luck and fortune. new year's was a time for my family to get together and build community but also to reflect on the previous year, what challenges lie ahead of us. today at the board of supervisors, we recognized black history month. for me, that is always a reflection of the work of people that have come before us so that we can be where we are today. as asian americans, we think and appreciate the work of african- americans in advancing our civil-rights as asian-americans in this country. as we look toward the new year, i think we can say that the
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asian-american community has come far in san francisco since we first started immigrating here in the 1950's, and there were many challenges for our community, beginning with the first exclusion act, immigration and for men and women that came for san francisco, to labor issues, and also segregation that we faced. and that was then brought forward as a court case to look at what it means to be equal but separate in our public schools. there is much work we have done here, and now we see we have our first asian-american mayor, the first time we have seen four asian american sitting on the board of supervisors. it is certainly an honor and privilege for me to be here today. i want to recognize the history not only of our communities, but of many communities that have fought for us to be here today. again, happy new year. thank you for being here and
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joining in on the celebration. [applause] >> thank you, supervisors. assessor phil ting plays a crucial role in our city. his office is responsible for calling on all of us to pay our property taxes. maybe not so popular, but we like him. [laughter] his office makes sure that the revenue is here for the city budget. without further ado, please welcome city assessor phil ting. >> thank you. i am usually not popular with everyone else, but with other city officials, i am very popular. come budget time, they come calling. welcome to city hall. happy new year, everybody. it is an honor to see all of you here. it is a reminder for all of us as public servants that we are
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here to serve you. the day we opened city hall to all of you -- it is quite an honor to see all of you here celebrating with us. it is a reminder of how we have to constantly keep city hall opened, not just for the folks that have access, but for those that do not. it has been a struggle. as my colleagues have talked about, it has been a struggle for the community. and it is not over yet. we have some high hurdles to face, serious budget issues coming up this coming year. we have a lot of strong economic issues, moving forward, but i know that you know that all of us are working hard every day to solve those problems. again, happy new year. [[s speaking chinese]
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happy new year, everybody. [applause] >> thank you, phil. i know the general counsel is here. would you like to say a few words now? [applause] >> [speaking chinese] [applause] dear friends, ladies and gentlemen, is truly a privilege and honor to join you tonight to celebrate the chinese lunar new year. it is so amazing to see so many
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friends, not only of chinese americans, but also asian americans, friends from the mainstream, to celebrate this important holiday. as we know, chinese new year is the longest and most important celebration in the chinese calendar. it is a time for family reunion, a time to reaffirm the value of friendship. it is also a time to reflect on the past, while looking forward with renewed hope, to the fresh start of a new year. the year 2010 is very important to remember. last year, the relationship between china and the united states of america has achieved new progress. people to people contacts and exchanges between our two countries grow rapidly. last year, 3 million visited
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each other. 1 million from china, 2 million from the united states of america. we see our mutual friendship enhanced, our cooperation consolidated and expanded. especially, our bilateral trade reached a new record of $385.3 billion. 29.3% more than the previous year. that is 150 times more than 32 years ago, when china and america established diplomatic relations. and the state of california maintains its leading position in exports to china. in the fourth quarter of last year, california exported x 0.8 billion u.s. dollars to china, which is 28% more than the same
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period of last year. 35% is from the bay area. the year 2010 is also a very remarkable in the relationship between china and san francisco. last year, shanghai and san francisco celebrated the city's anniversary of the sister city relationship. three mayors of this city led a large delegation to shanghai and inaugurated the grand opening of the san francisco post at the world expo. they open their second office in beijing. last year, we maintained frequent exchanges and close cooperation and achieved new, substantial results. in the context of the new year,
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you have already had a promising beginning. as you know, one month ago, chinese president hu jintao paid a visit to this country and held productive talks with president obama. both our leaders declared their commitment to building a cooperative the partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefits. his visit is important and will surely give new impetus to the overall development of our bilateral relations. in all 50 states, the state of california and san francisco, in particular, will benefit from this. this year is also a remarkable year for san francisco. for the first time in its 162- year history, you have and we
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have four asian american supervisors. and the first time in history, we have a chinese-american mayor. it is not only, i think, a recognition of asian americans, chinese americans, but of the contribution to the overall development to the city, and also, a vivid expression of the cultural makeup of san francisco which made the city so dynamic, strong and beautiful. ladies and gentlemen, the chinese counsel stands ready to work with you in the future to work and make san francisco -- as mere ly said -- the best gateway to china. i thank you for your attention
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and i wish everyone a very happy and healthy new year and a most enjoyable evening. to represent my best wishes, i have a proclamation to present to mayor ed lee. [applause]
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>> don't drop it, ed.
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>> thank you so much, general counsel. all of you are invited to a reception after the conclusion of this program. this event could not have happened without our sponsor this evening, at&t. i want to welcome the regional vice-president mark blackman. >> happy new year of the rabbit. i wish you much prosperity and good health. at&t is happy to be a part of this rich and beautiful tapestry of the city. as a new resident -- i just relocated this summer. one of the first people i met when i arrive this summer was then-city administrator ed lee. i am so grateful to now be celebrating with you with our first chinese-american mayor in my new home of san francisco. thank you so much for letting us be a part of this wonderful
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evening. we wish you a happy new year and please enjoy the events afterwards. thank you. [applause] >> thank you, mark. thank you to at&t. we have many officials joining us for the celebrations this evening. i see supervisor david campos is with us. [applause] supervisor ross mirkarimi. [applause] and supervisor malia cohen. [applause] where is supervisor scott wiener? [applause] thank you for being here. we have our district attorney mr. gascon. public defender jeff a adachi.
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and our fire chief, joanne as white. [applause] acting city administrator, amy brown. [applause] port director monique moyer is with us. [applause] and from senator mark lino's office, susan slim. [applause] from assemblyman tom ammiano's office. thank you for joining us in the celebration. we will have the final performance of the evening from the chinese american international school. they helped to start this celebration earlier this evening. i do not know if all of us were here but they are now returning. they will be performing for us and the beautiful traditions of the chinese new year, the alliance stance. please welcome students from the
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chinese american international school. -- the lion's dance. -- the lion's dance. [applause]
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